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The Joys and Chores of Autumn
September 28, 2015
Hi,

I'm too lazy to change the look and feel of this newsletter from last week's letter.

Maybe I'm too busy ....

Yeah, yeah, that's it.

Too busy.

Did you get a chance to see the Lunar eclipse (Blood Moon) last night (Sunday)?

The supermoon was special to see.

We have been blessed with a stretch of Late summer into early autumn weather.

Mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid 70's to low 80's fahrenheit.

I'm not sure how that breaks down in Celsius, but it is warm enough to visit Lake Michigan one more time.

A few ducks came by to sponge a free meal (I obliged them).

Ducks can be such characters, and these guys made us chuckle.

A mom and four juveniles, very comfortable around people.

One duck jumped and grabbed a bit of my sandwich (jumped as much as a flat footed duck can), which caught me off guard.

Sitting in the low sitting beach chairs, a couple more attempted to climb up my legs, onto my lap to get at the food.

Yep, ducks can be characters for sure.

Check out a sampling of the seagulls, that stretched as far as I could see.

Yes, I even went in the water.

It is nice with the sun lower in the sky, so it doesn't beat on you.

No sunburns.

Mornings are cool, yet the days warms up nicely.

The furkids were groomed in celebration of fall.

Yolanda continues to grow a bit stronger (slowly), as we work on building strength and stamina.

We continue to give God all the glory.

Everyday.

I'm outside more these days, and get to enjoy the flowers and the wildlife within.

Watch for Orb-weaving or black and yellow garden spiders.

Admire the intricate details of their web.

This Orb-weaving spider is enjoying a meal (My yard).

Still another is pictured below.

Don't worry, they aren't toxic, but may bite if disturbed or harassed.

You may catch a glimpse of a Crab spider in pursuit of a meal.

Bees are busy with late season blooms.

Canada Geese are busy this time of year.

Family groups are now joining others, as a handful of geese practicing flight formations and strengthening wings for long distance flying now become small to medium sized flocks.

Blue Jays are numerous right now and a bit noisy, I don't mind, I enjoy bird sounds.

Killdeer seem to be most prevalent right around and just after nightfall.

I see and hear them on my nightly walks.

Are there any birds or activities you are noticing right now?

Sadly, the hummingbirds have left.

At least we haven't seen one the past couple of days.

I do hope all of you south of me take good care of them.

Seven months is such a long time to wait for them to reappear.

Fall colors are beginning to kiss some of the trees around here.

(I will once again tackle this topic in a couple weeks.)

Some great flower action too.

Robins are coming out of the fields and woods more and more now to feed on late season berries and fruits.

Changes take place more rapidly with all birds, as the length of days shorten.

Peak monarch migration is past here in southwest Michigan, yet we watched scores of them flutter by as we were at the beach last week.

Each one put a smile on my face, as I wondered and hoped for their safe trip to their hibernation in Mexico.

(Maximilian Sunflower)

Slowly............

In your time schedule, begin to get your yards and gardens ready for winter.

Cut back and pull out dead and dying annuals.

Throw in the trash, not your compost pile, any and all diseased and infected plants.

Fungus and viruses winter over and infect next year's plantings.

Time is running short for transplanting in the northern regions and where temperatures drop hard and fast.

Plants need to establish a root system right now.

Upheaval from freeze and thaws kills off the crown.

Firm root systems help to keep a plant well grounded.

Are your bird feeders where you want them to be for the winter months?

If not, I suggest you do it now.

For you as well as your birds.

Remember to place them where you can watch, and where you can easily maintain them if it snows where you are.

Always think protection for your winged friends as well.

(Argentina Skies Salvia)

Speaking of birds.

I repeat this most months, however we sometimes need reminders, not to mention new readers.

We enter a new month later this week.

While you are moving or adjusting your feeding stations, Give them a good cleaning.

Yes, a scrub and sanitize will do everyone justice.

Are you too busy, or simply can't tackle the task at hand?

A spray bottle full of rubbing alcohol will fill in just fine.

Alcohol kills and sanitizes germs and cooties, while drying fast and leaving no residual effects.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

If you do the best you can, you will find, nine times out of ten, that you have done as well as or better than anyone else.

William Feather (1889-1981) American Author and Publisher

Is it no surprise that so many positive quotes are similar to God's word?

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that
from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

2Timothy 2:15

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson



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